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In a moment when Antigypsyism is growing in Europe, we need to work hard to say “No more” to the daily discrimination that the Roma minority is suffering. The racism, xenophobia and incitement to hatred are more and more present at institutional level in many countries.

When talking about equality and Roma community, the first thing to have into account is that the current economic crisis context is widening the inequality gap, mostly on equal opportunities for the access to basic social rights such as employment, housing, education and health. Spain has been recognized for its Roma inclusion policies, however the continuity continue being crucial, reinforcing the Roma inclusion policies as stablished in the National Roma Inclusion Strategy. This will be translated into an advance in the equal opportunities for Roma.

From the Equal treatment and Non Discrimination point of view, it is important to highlight the serious problem that Roma minority is suffering in Europe. Discrimination and Antigypsyism is growing, forced evictions, violence, segregated schools, mass expulsions, limitations to the free movement right etc... Are just examples of the treatment that Roma face daily. We are witnessing not only words but also actions of some European political leaders promoting discrimination and stigmatization of the Roma community. Far right political parties are growing with messages that risk social cohesion and equality, which is a European fundamental value.

We can´t forget the special vulnerability of Roma women, they face multiple discrimination barriers; by their ethnicity and for a patriarchal society that gives women a rol which denies their social promotion. By that reason, the work for the promotion of the Roma women must be reinforced, having into account their specificities.

The discrimination figures showed by polls made by Eurobarometer, Sociological Investigation Center, previous FSG “Discrimination and Roma community” reports and also the studies of the Spanish Equality Body among other publications are evidencing an important problem that still pending to solve: Discrimination and social reject of Roma community.

We need to work hard and say “No more” to discrimination in the Access to employment, housing, education, health in media and internet and in the access to services that are necessary to get the promotion and inclusion of Roma. It is vital to move forward in applying the fight against discrimination legislation and boost the information and integral assistance to discrimination victims.

From the FSG Equality area, we have the objective of promoting equal treatment and non-discrimination for Roma through different work axis, with special focus on gender, developing actions for non-discrimination and the integral promotion of the Roma minority, highlighting Roma women. We can find several achievements during the last years, both at national and European level, however many challenges remain to be done:

  • Foster the defense of the Non-discrimination and Antigypsyism both at national and european level.
  • Join efforts to defend equality, in these moments of economic crisis when the intolerance and racism are growing. Asist discrimination victims, training, sensitizing, political and institutional action.
  • Follow the legislation on fighting discrimination and its practical applying.
  • Foster the strategical litigation on ethnic discrimination.
  • Consolidate and spread the discrimination based on ethnic or racial victim´s assistance service.
  • Continue training and sensitizing professionals and stakeholders on the field (lawyers, citizen security, administration, media…).
  • Keep the active participation and support the work of the Spanish Equality Body.
  • Consolidate the work of the FSG Roma Women Group (GMG).
  • Promote the application of the Equality plan of the FSG.
  • Promote the effective equality between Roma men and women.
  • Develop actions for empowerment and promotion of Roma women.
  • Continue the training plan about the protocol for attention and derivation of Roma women victims of gender violence.
Sara Jiménez, La Nena and Juan de Dios Ramírez at European Court of Human Rights
Sara Jiménez, La Nena and Juan de Dios Ramírez at European Court of Human Rights